United Methodist ‘Grand Revival’



MANILA, Philippines—At least 8,000 members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) are expected to attend Friday what retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno describes as “the biggest gathering of UMC members since the denomination’s centennial anniversary celebration in 1998.”

Puno, one of the most prominent members of the UMC, said thousands of United Methodists from all over the country will troop to the Philsports Arena (Ultra) in Pasig City for the laity-led Grand Revival Worship Celebration.

Puno said his optimism was based on the enthusiasm he saw among members in UMC local churches he visited in the various areas, incuding Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite and Metro Manila.

“The last time the United Methodists in the country held a church-wide event was 14 years ago,” Puno told participants of the Episcopal Candidates’ Forum sponsored by the Fairview UMC on November 10. “It is about time to hold another.”

He dismissed claims that the UMC, which has been going through division and alleged corruption in high places, is dying.

“Our church is far from being dead,” he said. “However, some describe the UMC as ‘a sleeping giant.’”

Puno said the Grand Revival on Friday will “awaken the sleeping giant.”

He also said the timing is most appropriate since the denomination will elect a new set of bishops two weeks after the gathering. The election of bishops will be held during the Philippine Central Conference on December 12-14 in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

Speaking before the forum’s participants that included 16 of the 26 candidates for bishops of the episcopal areas of Manila, Baguio and Davao, Puno said the new bishops, whoever they may be, must heal “our wounded church” by conducting more revival activities.

The former chief justice also invited the candidates to attend the event in Ultra, “so that we can pray for your anointment.”

Puno, who is the main speaker of the “Revive UMC” event, said the United Methodists must follow the footsteps of the founder of their church, the Rev. John Wesley, who was “one of the greatest revivalists of all time.”

The Grand Revival will also feature two foreign speakers—American preacher Scott Kelso and Singapore-based Methodist minister Malcolm TH Tan.

Kelso, author of the book, “Ice on Fire: A New Day for the 21st Century Church,” and a former president of the Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, will talk about “praying for healing and unity,” while Tan will discuss “scriptural holiness.”

A 500-voice choir to be conducted by singer-songwriter Arnel de Pano will perform during the revival, which will start at 8 a.m. and last up to 4:30 p.m.

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  • Ding S. Guevarra Jr.

    REVIVAL…that’s what the church urgently needs to-day. The METHODIST is right in saying,there is a need for sleeping giant to be awakened, and that giant to me is the church of Christ at large. There is an alarming deadness,dryness and dullness of faith today, despite the many activities among Evangelicalism .so much functions but not unction. rattle but not revival.

    May the LORD stir in the heart of His people this cry…”Will YOU not revive us again Oh Lord, that Your people may rejoice in You? “. 

  • mangtom

    We will pray for the success of the revival. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IDJC4KMFHUSV6Z6HW5YEWZSL4I yvonne

    UMC should be abolished. It’s irrelevant.

    • AllaMo

      ROTF LMAO! Like what passes for your brain…

    • kismaytami

      Ang iingay ng mga rock-and-roll bars (aka church) niyan dito sa Cavite, kahit malayo ang bahay mo dinig mo ang maghapon hanggang hating-gabi nilang rakrakan lalo na kung weekends.

    • simondj

      bakit naman? hindi mo ba alam US ay naging super power dahil nagpapadala ang mga citizen nila ng mga manggagawa ng Panginoon sa ibat ibang bansa?
      look at south Korea they are blessed because its citizen go out to preach.
      pangako po kasi ng Diyos iyan,,, surely blessing i will bless you,,

      • yun_na

        “….claims that the UMC, which has been going through division and alleged corruption in high places…”

        That is one good reason. Corrupt institutions that cannot police their own ranks to live by God’s words are not the best voice for the nation to listen to. And I mean this not just for UMC.. Why send their people out to evangelize and entice innocent others into the web of politics and corruption, and disobey God’s 10 commandments?

  • mangtom

    What if I say an atheist like you should be abolished or shot because you are irrelevant? How would you feel?

  • simondj

    Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.   word of God po ang kailangan ng mga tao ngayon upang hindi mapahamak. UMC, tama po ang ginagawa ninyo.

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